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Jim Crow, Eateries, and The Negro Motorist Green Book

Greyhound rest stop passengers on the way from Louisville, Kentucky to Nashville, Tennessee 1943

Greyhound rest stop passengers on the way from Louisville, Kentucky to Nashville, Tennessee 1943

Eating out on the road as a black traveler before the end of Jim Crow and de-facto Jim Crow required savvy, endurance, and thick skin. Purchasing food at “coloured” windows of segregated restaurants could be a degrading and even dangerous experience, says Virginia native Eugene Watts; you never knew when some volatile white southerner behind the counter was going to “go off.” As a result Black folks had their own zagat rated list of restaurants called The Negro Motorist Green Book

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